Rolling Stone magazine faced an embarrassing situation in April when it had to retract a story it had published about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia. A review found that it failed to follow proper journalistic standards by failing to vet the allegations contained in the article.
Incidents have occurred elsewhere, however, whether tied to actual sexual assault or the public expression of misogynist attitudes by male students at public gatherings, that have prompted concerns that a “rape culture” sometimes exists on university and college campuses.
On Thursday May 21 and Saturday May 23 at 7 p.m., and Friday May 22 and Sunday May 24 at 9 p.m., the RPL Theatre is screening the documentary The Hunting Ground which examines this impact of this culture on student victims and their families, and the failure of academic institutions to act effectively to discourage sexism and sexual assault on campus. Here’s the trailer.